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10 October 2016

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John Denver did a nice version of that song Bernard. I noticed that Mr Peabody has recently filed for bankruptcy. Although bankruptcy in the USA is not the same as it is in other countries, just ask Donald Trump. It's simply a way of writing off debt so you can set up a new company.

We had a great demonstration of the moral swamp in the USA today too in the second presidential debate. Although how you can call that sort of debate 'presidential' is beyond me.

Good point about the media highlighting only the bad news Garry. Most reporting about PNG in Australia is about bad stuff and there are a lot of good news stories that are ignored.

It would be interesting to analyse the mix of positive and negative stories (and comment) on PNG Attitude. I like to think of PNG Attitude's articles as constructive criticism rather than sensationalism.

This piece also reminded me of a fabulous track by John Prine entitled Paradise, which featured the following chorus:

"Daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenburg County
Down by the Green River, where paradise lay
I'm sorry my son but you are too late in askin'
Mr Peabody's coal train has hauled it away"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEy6EuZp9IY

Peabody Energy initiated legal action to have their name removed from the lyrics:

http://www.ecowatch.com/peabody-energy-asks-judge-to-strike-lyrics-of-john-prine-song-from-fed-1882065103.html

It seems quite appropriate after watching Eric Tlozek on ABC yesterday:

http://myinforms.com/en-au/a/42420812-png-villagers-teach-ancient-practices-to-protect-environment/

Hi Phil,

There is an excellent book by Theodore Dalrymple entitled "Our Culture, What's Left Of It - The Mandarins and The Masses"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Culture,_What%27s_Left_of_It

It evaluates the moral swamp of contemporary Britain.

I went to listen to him at a IPA function at the Brisbane State Library several months ago. His critics often accuse him of being a malanthropist and wallowing in other's misery and whist he is undoubtedly right wing, his articles are always thought provoking and worth reading.


Phil, there is a lot of truth in what you write. One problem in the world today is that the media does not portray a true image of the world. There are good things happening, but the media highlights all the bad news. We get swamped by bad news. I am not blaming the media, they answer to customer demand. Watching the news on TV or Internet can be depressing.
Good advice I heard for newcomers to PNG, “Look for the good in the people and the land and you will find the good. Only look for the bad and you will find the bad.”

It's so true, Phil. So much have changed so fast in our time that what were used to be of insularity to our people faded away or lost their significance in the process of transformation and adaptation of the changes that they only remain as fond memories of the good old time before. Even simplicity and blissfulness of bush kanakas are infected and afflicted with the anguish of irreversible modernity of things. Sori tru!

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